RECAP: Grizzlies 79, Hawks 76

Chris Barnewall —  February 8, 2014

FINAL

MEM(27-22) 79 – 76 (25-24)ATL

Key Performers:
Z. Randolph (MEM): 20 pts, 6 reb, 3 blk
P. Millsap (ATL): 20 pts, 11 reb, 6 ast, 5 stl
[FULL BOX SCORE]

Good god almighty that was an ugly game. The Grizzlies were missing their starting point guard in Mike Conley and that resulted in no flow at all in their offense. The Hawks were as usual missing Al Horford and that resulted in major struggles against the Grizzlies big bruising front line. The Grizzlies perimeter defense was as stifling as usual. The Hawks couldn’t score inside or outside. Bo Churney, the editor here at HawksHoop, actually wondered aloud if the team to get to 60 first would win. It was one of those nights.

Reaction grades [assessed 0-10]:

Paul Millsap: After seeing Millsap struggle against a big and strong front court like the Pacers a few nights ago, I was curious to see if Millsap would be able to handle the Grizzlies big and bruising front court. Millsap handled it just fine, stuffing the box score and doing everything in his power to bring it back in the end. 9/10

DeMarre Carroll: Carroll had himself a game. He was all over the court on offense and defense doing all the little things that you like to see him do. He was cutting off ball, shooting spot up jumpshots, setting screens, you name it and he did it. 8.5/10

Kyle Korver: While Millsap had no problems with the Grizzlies physicality, Korver, on the other hand, did. He was clearly frazzled by the Grizzlies. While he managed to knock down two triples (streak is now at 118) he didn’t contribute much else. 3/10

Jeff Teague: Teague was another player to find himself struggling against the Grizzlies physicality. Teague struggled at creating due to the mix of Nick Calathes and Courtney Lee all over him. When Teague would penetrate he would be swarmed by the likes of Gasol and Randolph. Teague did what he could but 8 points, 4 turnovers, and only one trip to the free throw line is an awful game for someone that got all star consideration earlier this season. 3/10

Gustavo Ayon: Not a bad outing for Goose. Perfect from the field (2-for-2, 6 points) and he grabbed himself eight rebounds. He spent a lot of the game splitting time with Brand. Bud was smart and kept his big men fresh. 6/10

Elton Brand: Brand played two more minutes than Ayon in Bud’s effort to keep his centers fresh. It worked for Brand who went 4-for-6 and pulled down seven rebounds. Brand’s efficient play and ability to bang with the Grizzlies big men was invaluable tonight. 7/10

Mike Scott: Ohhhh Mike Scott. Poor Mike Scott. It’s okay Scott, it’s not your fault. The Grizzlies can’t do this to you again. 1 rebound, 1 assist, no points. Mike Scott will want to forget tonight’s game. 1/10

Lou Williams: It seems that anybody that was on the perimeter struggled tonight. Lou Williams was 2-for-8 with one three. He had six points and was never comfortable tonight. Weird night for Lou, as he was played exclusively as the back up point guard. 4/10

Cartier Martin: Martin played 9 minutes and made the most of his time. He went 2-for-3 and hit a triple. Needed more playing time though if he wanted to make a larger impact. 8/10

Mike Budenhozler: Coach Bud has had better days. His team was clearly flustered by the Grizzlies defense and there wasn’t very many, if any adjustments made to the offense. It remained the same stagnant offense the entire game. I will however not knock him for the end of the game no timeout call. Like the Pacers game, Bud tried to have his team beat the defense on the fast break. However, the team didn’t capitalize on the fastbreak and when Bud saw this, he tried to call a timeout. The refs didn’t hear his calls however. Unlucky for Bud, but it’s nice to see he took what happened from the Indiana game and learned from it. 6/10

Opposition: The Grizzlies may have been missing Mike Conley, but that didn’t stop them. The Grizzlies love games like this. Dirty and ugly where every possession is a physical battle. Their offense may have been a train wreck but their defense was elite. They earned that win. 7/10

Next: Atlanta at Chicago, Tuesday, February 11th

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